Feb 24, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Kony Ealy runs the shuttle during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
February is a dark month for NFL fans. After the Super Bowl, there’s not really any real football to watch until training camp starts up in late July. But football fans are desperate people, and they’ll watch anything and everything that is remotely related to the game.
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Enter the 2015 NFL Combine.
The ultimate test in strength, speed and agility, the NFL Combine takes about 300 of the best collegiate prospects and looks to see how well their talent would transition into the professional game. They undergo many tests, including the 40-yard dash and 225-pound bench press, as well as hold interviews with interested NFL teams.
While it can be fun to watch some players perform and see who your favorite team is considering drafting, the combine in no way resembles what these former collegiate players will see on the professional fields.
Even so, a lot of money is at stake. The combine can either make, or destroy a prospect’s draft stock. Sometimes, those changed opinions are complete distortions.
The combine is a test. A test that allows teams to see if these players can handle the pressure that comes with being a professional football player. The combine can make some players’ careers, and it can ruin others.
Taking that test this year are four (technically five) Missouri Tigers, and we’ll take a look at all of them:
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